Apr. 29, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday accused New York state officials of trying to "take down" the National Rifle Association as the powerful gun rights group faces internal divisions and allegations of financial improprieties.

Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer known for his battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was set to appear in a Santa Ana, California, courtroom on Monday to face criminal charges including fraud and identity theft.

Unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, authorities said, the first attack on a church in a country that has seen an upsurge of Islamist violence this year.

Spain's ruling Socialists were weighing options for forming a new government on Monday after they won a national election but fell short of a majority in a deeply fragmented parliament that could spell prolonged political uncertainty.

Rains grounded aid flights in northern Mozambique for a second day on Monday, hampering efforts to reach survivors of Cyclone Kenneth as the death toll there jumped to 38.

Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday's suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches.

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants.

U.S. negotiators head to China to try to hammer out details to end the two countries' trade war, including the shape of an enforcement mechanism, the success or failure of which could set the trajectory of ties for years to come.

Facing tough competition from China, the United States and even tiny Luxembourg, Germany is racing to draft new laws and attract private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year by the 2040s.

The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high for the first time since late September on Monday, buoyed by upbeat consumer spending data and a largely positive earnings that helped restore investors' faith in the decade-long bull run.

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Israel released two Syrian prisoners on Sunday in what it described as a "goodwill gesture" following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who went missing over 35 years ago.

One hundred and twenty names of Catholic clergy members accused of child abuse or possession of child pornography were released Friday by the Archdiocese of New York.

President Donald Trump urged Japan to end tariffs on U.S. farm products when he met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who appears to have deflected the most damaging U.S. demands on trade weeks before the pair are likely to meet again during two upcoming Trump visits.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blasted the U.S. sentencing of self-styled Russian political gadfly and gun-rights activist Maria Butina as an "outrage" and a "travesty of justice."

A Georgia meat producer is recalling more than 100,000 pounds of ground beef, believed to be contaminated with the same E. coli strain connected to a growing outbreak that has sickened 156 people in 10 states.

Al-Qaida-linked militants launched attacks early Saturday on government forces positions in northern Syria killing and wounding dozens in the latest violation of a seven-month truce in the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

Pope Francis called Sunday for the evacuation of refugees held in detention camps in Libya, particularly women and children, as fighting there escalates.

An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Sudan's protest leaders and army rulers agreed Saturday to establish a joint civilian-military ruling council, a major breakthrough in talks between the two sides over demonstrators' demands for a handover to civilian rule.

Russian submarines can now launch cruise missiles while docked in port. Thus, Russian subs can fire their weapons more quickly, without the need to sail into open water. But more ominously, because subs abruptly leaving port is considered a warning sign that hostilities are imminent, the ability to launch missiles while dockside makes a surprise attack easier.

BBC

A beluga whale found off Norway's coast wearing a special Russian harness was probably trained by the Russian navy, a Norwegian expert said.

Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to help migrants stranded in Mexico as they try to reach the US border, the Vatican said.

WND

Twenty students have committed suicide in India this past week after the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced their exam scores, which Khaleejtimes reported have been marked in controversy after there were discrepancies in the results. Nearly 1 million students took the exams between February and March, and nearly 350,000 failed, causing widespread protests from parents, student groups and political parties.

President Donald Trump called out Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers, who plans to veto a measure that would require immediate medical care to be given to infants who are born alive during an abortion.

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